If you have yet to purchase an iPad for learning and want to find a reason to purchase one, then the app Puppet Pals would be the reason to generate a purchase order. This app quite simply ticks all of the boxes for learning for me. The app facilitates collaboration, multiple students can control their puppet on the screen at the same time. I have found it perfectly possible to have four actors and a scene shifter working on one Puppet Pals creation at the same time.
With most apps the free version encourages you to purchase the full version. With Puppet Pals I would suggest that from the start you purchase the Directors Cut HD version. Sure in the free version you can use the ready built characters, but the real power of Puppet pals comes from the students creating their own characters, backgrounds and props and only the Directors Pass HD version allows this.
Please note, in my opinion the Puppet Pals 2 app is not worth the investment. In this iteration of the app, the learning potential is stunted and I do not rate this version at all.
Puppet Pals works well in all curriculum areas. It clearly lends itself well to story telling and this is why the app was developed, but educationally I make it work in all curriculum areas. I have even used it in science to get the students to create weather forecasts for their school. The weather forecast was published daily and predicted the weather at morning tea, lunchtime, after school for the journey home and the outlook for the journey to school the following morning.
We have created a tutorial explaining all the main features of Puppet Pals and you can see the weather forecasting example I made for the students below. You can check out our other iOS tutorials here.
Here is an example from one of the students